A few weeks ago, Matthew Hopkins News reported that a person claiming to be a Kiwi Farms user had sent threats to a school and MP to stalk a child in the rough area where Oliver Smith lives, demanding that bloggers and Oliver stop criticising Kiwi Farms. A subsequent, anonymous, paper letter was sent to Smith’s home following up on the same threats, with the same goals. With Darwin-award level stupidity, the sender used signed for delivery. This tracks the sender location and timestamp as well as the recipient and all UK post office have CCTV. Subsequently the sender was finally revealed – and their identity is with the police and FBI.
This has to be the stupidest thing I have ever read. It is clearly menacing and it is anonymous (it goes on for another crazy page) and wildly untrue but the tracking number is stuck to the envelope. Whoever wrote it clearly expected to be untraceable, so they deserve a Darwin award for stupidity. Royal Mail records show that it was sent from a post office in the B and M store in Park Street Liverpool L8 4UE at 13:12 on 21 March 2017. The shop confirms it holds CCTV. After the extent to which the ‘anonymous’ sender fouled up began to circulate however, there was a fresh revelation.
In what is presumably a desperate attempt at damage control, this happened –
The letter is a clear followup from the school terror threats. It uses the same style and uses an attempt at my letter format in an obvious attempt to implicate me. Shortly after the letter arrived, it became apparent the sender would be traced. For some reason (I suspect panic) Joshua then admitted he sent it (archive here), although he insists he did not send the others. As a reminder that would be the threats to schools in Florida, the threats to a hospital in Wales (Josh also claims there were threats to hospitals in America – but I had no knowledge of this) the threat to two separate Hertfordshire Schools, the threat to murder Margaret Pless, myself and Greta Martela.
This insane, two page rant is currently being reviewed by police in the United States and United Kingdom –
Moon’s motive for this despicable and cowardly communication to a person he and his friends claim to be vulnerable adult is his belief that Oliver runs a website called CandiceLynnPotter.com. Moon is wrong, as far as I can tell – whoever is running it uses the name ‘Gene Ross’ and is far more technically sophisticated that Oliver.
[Update 26 March 2017 – amended above to add “person he and his friends claim to be”, for clarity]
I regard CandiceLynnPotter.com as a criminal enterprise doing the same as Kiwi Farms. Up until now, I have refused to link it. However, this incident has caused me to review the policy. I have decided it is lawful and ethical to put CandiceLynnPotter.com on the same footing as other criminal sites I report on like Kiwi Farms or Silk Road. They can be named although I do not condone them.
This moronic letter has backfired badly. Not only has he got the wrong person, not only is this letter the only anonymous threat whose sender is now identified, but he has provoked the real owner of CandiceLynnPotter.com. There is now a new thread on coordinated stalking of Josh’s family here and targeting his mother’s home here. This is simply another escalation of what are now two blatant criminal gangs. I regard both as illegal and point the police to both of them.
However, only one side has resorted to terrorism – and it is not Gene Ross.